Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.1 All at once an angel2 touched him and said, "Get up and eat."
He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you."
So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty3 days and forty nights until he reached Horeb,4 the mountain of God.
There he went into a cave5 and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"610
He replied, "I have been very zealous7 for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant,8 broken down your altars,9 and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,10 and now they are trying to kill me too."
The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain11 in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."12 Then a great and powerful wind13 tore the mountains apart and shattered14 the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake came a fire,15 but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.1613
When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face17 and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,18 and now they are trying to kill me too."
The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael19 king over Aram.